Off late, several Bollywood celebrities have publicly spoken about their struggle in the industry and its harsh realities and complexities, aka the casting couch. Ahead of her debut Mirzya, Saiyami Kher opened up about the same in an interview with a leading daily. As per a report in BollywoodLife, she elaborated on her journey in Bollywood, how it hasn’t been a bed of roses and how she coped with rejection.
I agree that access is easier when your family is entrenched in the industry but I never had a filmi upbringing, though my grandmother was an actress and so is my aunt. I’ve struggled and stood in queues for auditions. I know the feeling of dejection when things don’t materialise. Going through auditions, awaiting my turn and meeting mean casting directors has taught me a lot. I have experienced it all before my first film.
I started modelling at 16, all thanks to our family friend, Sushma Reddy , who said I had a decent face and I should give it a try. Before I did my first portfolio, she sat me down and lectured me on the ways of the industry. She told me that I couldn’t get into drugs, alcohol or fall in love for the next 10 years. So, I had these people who guided and guarded me.
It’s sad that women are often exploited in this industry. I have been in a similar situation, but I bluntly told the lady not to call me ever. It’s uncomfortable when you land in such situations. It’s difficult to not have a support system in this industry. I am so glad I have family here to fall back on.
Well, we’re glad Saiyami has made it through all the struggle and is now set to kick ass with her first film.